Maintaining the Quality of Your Lawn
Lawns need treatment all year round.
Weeds, moss and diseases are a continuous threat in our largely cool,
What is Overseeding?
Overseeding is a technique used in greenkeeping and by lawn care companies to introduce new grasses into a lawn. Sowing new grasses is a viable option where a lawn is thin or has bare patches. The ideal time for overseeding is following mechanical work, as the seed will have better opportunity to make contact with the soil. This work should be carried out where there is an adequate soil temperature for recovery and germination, and ideally with rainfall expected. For these reasons, the best time for this work is early autumn, with a narrow spring window for small repairs available also.
How do we carry out Overseeding?
Our lawn survey considers a range of chemical, physical and biological factors.
We advise our customers individually when we survey their lawn.
Lawn Overseeding takes more than throwing grass seed onto a lawn. If you have tried this, you will have also seen the success rate. The key to successful overseeding is in the preparation.
If just looking to overseed a small area or two, such as thin or bare patches in a lawn, look to break up the soil slightly via a wire rake, garden fork or a dedicated spiker tool. A rake will work to remove any surface thatch and debris along with scratching the soil surface. Shallow spiking the soil will improve its structure and add to the preparation for strong seed germination.
Seed the area from this position, brushing the seed into the holes and broken up soil already created. Consider top dressing the area with a fine soil to be sure that the new seed is surrounded by soil for the best possible result. Then, just water as required!
When wishing to carry this out to any more than an isolated patch, we recommend doing so to the full lawn area as to not create an area of new and old grass to stand out. For full lawns, we can achieve better results mechanically via our Lawn Repair and Renovation service. With professional machinery we can scarify deeper and more aggressively, and aerate properly. We seed the area and dragmat this into the holes and grooves. We're so confident in our team and our process that we provide a germination guarantee on all autumn renovation work.
Why do you need to Overseed your lawn?
Although grass is a hardy plant, unfortunately grass plants can die and do so for many reasons. This could be from mowing too closely, excessive use, drought damage, waterlogging for long periods or from grub damage.
If not from individual plants dying back, grass gets a bit old and tired too. We find that older lawns which are fescue grass dominant are more impacted by Red Thread Disease, and we may want to adjust the grass mix that the lawn is made up of. The latest seed mixes withstand disease pressures and drought stress better than older mixes, and this is all the more important as our climate becomes less predictable.
We find that some lawn areas which are shaded and sit wet may need overseeding each spring to help thicken these areas up. Many homeowners may choose to touch up as they go on an ad-hoc basis. Dependent on your expectations, we recommend a Lawn Renovation every 1-4 years which gives us the freedom to carry out some high class mechanical work to your lawn, and overseeding with a modern ryegrass / creeping fescue mix for the strongest, healthiest possible lawn.
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